After narrowly escaping the Everest avalanche disaster that struck last week, Eagle Scout climber Matt Moniz has been tirelessly assisting with relief operations. After completing rescue efforts on Everest, Matt and his team were transported to Kathmandu to organize a relief expedition to the Manaslu region.
The earthquake and subsequent avalanches have left the Manaslu region in complete despair. Cut off from outside access and decimated by the quake’s destruction, Moniz’s team is gathering relief supplies and a team of doctors, elite climbers and 600 porters carrying 10,000kgs of supplies to embark upon a trek to the Laprak village. However, the team’s journey is not without major risks, as other teams have failed before them and monsoon season looms ahead.
“The situation in Laprak is dire, many dead and injured, almost complete destruction of all homes,” reveals Matt Moniz. “Report of 250 children running out of food at one of the monasteries. There has been virtually no teams able to reach the area by foot or helicopter. With the monsoon season nearly here this could be a horrible disaster.”
As shown below, Matt encourages others to take part in the relief efforts for regions destroyed by the disaster.
Check out Matt’s Facebook page to see daily updates and photos from his relief efforts in Nepal.
Update: Matt is currently in Switzerland for fundraising efforts and then he’s back to Kathmandu to rejoin his team. Two days of Nepal relief fundraising has produced almost $30,000 in commitments!